Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Following the 2016 Brexit vote, analysis shows overseas bidders have announced ~$60B in deals for UK tech companies, driven in part by a weakened pound — In the run-up to Brexit, the home of Alan Turing and Tim Berners-Lee is looking like a tech bargain. — Overseas bidders have announced …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
In a joint effort with UK and South Korea, US DOJ says it took down one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web, containing 200K unique videos — The Justice Department says it´s dismantled one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web.
Natasha Mascarenhas / Crunchbase News:
Denver-based Flowhub, a cannabis retail management platform that helps sellers navigate compliance, raises $23M Series A — A little less than a month ago, we took a look at how investors´ tastebuds for cannabis startups are becoming a bit more picky. Amid compliance and regulation issues …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Sources: Google staff are having a fiery debate on a mailing list about banning a Hong Kong protest game from Play; the issue also came up at an all hands — Many in Hong Kong want autonomy from the Chinese government. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google unveils the second-gen version of Assistant, promising speed boosts, new capabilities, and a design overhaul, coming first to Pixel phones — Coming first to Pixel phones — Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities …
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
A look at startups like Zippin and Standard Cognition that are pitching their Amazon Go-like tech to grocery chains, sports stadiums, and convenience stores — Zippin and Standard Cognition are two of the startups pitching their systems and apps as nonthreatening alternatives to Amazon´s cashier-free tech
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications — Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses …
David Pan / CoinDesk:
China Construction Bank says its blockchain-based platform for factoring and forfaiting services has processed $53B+ in transactions since April 2018 — China Construction Bank, one of the largest Chinese commercial banks, has expanded its trade finance blockchain platform with new abilities …
Philip Georgiadis / Financial Times:
US private equity group Thoma Bravo agrees to buy British cybersecurity company Sophos for £3.1B — US private equity group Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy Sophos in a deal which values the British cyber security group at £3.1bn including net debt.
Horace He / The Gradient:
ML frameworks in 2019: analysis of AI research papers shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch — Since deep learning regained prominence in 2012, many machine learning frameworks have clamored to become the new favorite among researchers and industry practitioners.